Pakistan’s premier javelin thrower, Arshad Nadeem, finished fourth in the Paris Diamond League, marking a significant step in his comeback journey as he prepares for the Paris Olympics. This event saw Nadeem regain his form and rhythm after a year-long hiatus from competition due to a knee injury and subsequent surgery.

In his first attempt, Nadeem threw 74.11 meters, gradually improving to 80.28 meters on his second attempt. His third attempt was even more impressive, achieving a throw of 82.71 meters, which temporarily placed him in the top three. However, his fourth attempt resulted in a throw of 82.17 meters, and Czech Republic’s Jacob Vadlejch surpassed him with an 85-meter throw in the same round. Despite a solid effort in the fifth round with an 84.21-meter throw, it wasn’t enough to secure a top-three finish.

This competition marked Nadeem’s return to the field for the first time since August 2023. The Pakistani athlete recently made a comeback after undergoing surgery in England, missing several key events, including the Hangzhou Asian Games, due to his injury.

Nadeem’s performance in the Paris Diamond League is a crucial milestone as he is considered Pakistan’s best hope for a medal at the Paris Olympics. Last year, he claimed a silver medal at the World Championship in Hungary, and his personal best throw of 90.18 meters at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games remains a highlight of his career.

After the Diamond League, Nadeem is scheduled to return home on July 8. He will undergo a few days of training in Lahore before flying back to Paris on July 24. This will give him approximately 12 days to acclimatize before his meet on August 6 at the Olympics. Nadeem finished fifth in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and his journey towards Olympic glory continues with renewed determination and hope.

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